June 25, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm (Pacific)

2 Hours | 2 CEs

This panel session on Police Psychology in an Era of Social Unrest: Counseling Cops in a Post George Floyd World is moderated by Ellen Kirschman, PhD with panelists Adrienne Bradford, PhD; Joel Fay, PsyD, ABPP; LaMaurice Gardner, PhD; and Trina Hall, PhD.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer sparked public outrage and a social reckoning surrounding issues of race and policing in the United States.

As a means of continuing the conversation started by the events surrounding George Floyd's death, a racially diverse panel of practicing police psychologists tackle the uncomfortable subject of police, racism, and psychology. Candidly sharing their own personal and professional experiences navigating the unique, often tough, culture of law enforcement.

Join us for this informative and open conversation about how to move forward in these times of social unrest.

Moderated By

Ellen Kirschman, PhD.

Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D. is a California-licensed psychologist. and volunteer clinician at the First Responders Support Network. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and The American Psychological Association. Her work has been recognized by the California Psychological Association’s 2014 award for distinguished contribution to psychology and the American Psychological Association’s 2010 award for outstanding contribution to the practice of police and public safety psychology. She travels worldwide giving workshops for first responders and their families as well as clinicians working with first responder clients. She is the author of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know, I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know, lead author of Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, and three mysteries, Burying Ben, The Right Wrong Thing, and The Fifth Reflection all told from the perspective of police psychologist Dot Meyerhoff.


Dr. Adrienne Bradford earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has over thirty years of experience and training in public safety psychology and crisis intervention. Her diverse background includes previous employment as a college professor/ counseling center psychologist as well as working for over five years as an Operational Psychologist with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI).

Dr. Gardner obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Wayne State University in 1984, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wright State University in 1988. He is a Fully Licensed Clinical Psychologist working at the John Dingell V.A. Medical Center, in Detroit Michigan and more recently the Pontiac Vet Center.

Dr. Joel Fay served as a police officer for over 30 years and retired in 2011.  In 1999 Dr. Fay obtained his Doctorate in Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology and is now in private practice working with emergency responders from numerous organizations. Dr. Fay is board certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology. 

Dr. Trina Hall has her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Psychology and Law specialty track) from the University of Alabama.  She has been a Police Psychologist with the Dallas Police Department since 2013.  She provides clinical oversight for DPD’s Peer Support and Suicide Prevention programs. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the norms of police culture that affect officers' behavior and well-being

  • Describe the cost of violating these norms

  • Describe the burden of being Black in Blue

  • Describe the personal and professional challenges facing police psychologists in the current atmosphere of social unrest 

  • Describe best personal and professional practices for police psychologists in the current atmosphere of social unrest

  • Intended Audience

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  • Experience Level

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  • CE / CPD Credit

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